Monday, March 29, 2010

Learning About Transition to 7th Grade-Don't Miss It!

The 6th grade Family Night Out series is two important evenings you won’t want to miss. It is a time for parents to meet and confer with other parents from their grade level to make plans for best meeting new Middle Schoolers needs, and to be aware of risks and opportunities that may present themselves. It is a chance for families to talk about the transition together, for families to work and play together in a fun supportive environment with a focus on building skills and understanding each other better.

The first night, April 1st, dinner is served at 5:30. At 6:00 families will be introduced to the challenge program: fun cooperative games for 6th graders and parents to share in, while learning about setting goals, working cooperatively and using untapped skills. Students get to highlight their teamwork ability (and talk about issues they may face as they get older) and hopefully, as in the past, new insights are had by all.

The second night, April 15th, will begin the same way and at 6:00 families will take part in more challenge games, with different opportunities for learning. At 6:30, parents will take part in a presentation by Middle School staff about new challenges and risks Middle School students may face, and parents will problem-solve together. At the end of the evening, parents and 6th graders will take part in one last game, and then de-brief about their experiences. Usually students and parents come up with new insights learned from the evening(s) that they can carry with them in their move to Middle School.

This program is sponsored by the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition and the Readiness to Learn Program.

Please call Gail Leschine-Seitz for more information at 370-7359. Registration forms area available at the front office.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Mr. San Juan Island - March 19th!

Last year’s Mr. San Juan Island fundraiser was such a success that the Friday Harbor Elementary School PTA is continuing the competition. This year’s pageant is being held Friday, March 19th, in the Pavilion Room at Roche Harbor. The event isn't about beauty, brains or talent (although they'll be exhibiting all three at the pageant), but how much money each candidate raises.

As federal and state funding continues to dissipate, Friday Harbor Elementary School needs your support, now more than ever! Proceeds from the event benefit the FHES PTA and will go towards replacing the school’s 20+ year old gym mats and basic school supplies, as well as important programs such as PIP and music enrichment. The FHES PTA also contributes toward popular elementary school competitions, such as the Math Olympiad and the GeoBee. Mr. San Juan Island is a great way for ALL adults on our island to make a difference in a child's education.

Chef Bill Shaw and emcee Boo Boo Keane will delight you with delectable hors d’ourves and witty banter while you meet this year’s contenders: Bob Benz, Dan DeShon, Donny Galt, Geody Howden, Patrick Minney, and Scott Zehner. Each dollar you spend on the candidate equals a "vote;" and these men are ready to earn your money! The evening will entail fashion, talent and trivia segments. The candidate that raises the most money will be crowned Mr. San Juan Island at the end of the evening. Along with the show, you'll have an opportunity to bid on some great adventures--like an overnight trip for four to Seattle and Safeco field to watch the Mariners play. Doors open at 6:30pm and the show begins at 7:00pm.

A limited number of tickets are available and are $25 per person (21 years and older). They can be purchased at Market Chef, Griffin Bay Bookstore, or San Juan Island Fitness, or by calling Tanja Williamson at 378.6004 or Kerry Andrews at 378.1007.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010